The execution of the plan developed under the leadership of the High Commission for National Protection (Haut-commissariat à la protection nationale, HCPN) falls under the remit of the Prime Minister, Minister of State and the Minister of the Economy. All the ministries, agencies and departments of the State are required to cooperate with the implementation of the plan using all the means available to them.
An emergency is deemed to be a serious disruption to energy supplies resulting from a major incident or attack which could cause the energy supply systems to malfunction significantly or cease to work entirely, which threatens the vital interests or essential needs of all or part of the country or population of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
In order to gain an understanding of a major incident or attack which affects energy supplies, the crisis management bodies concerned primarily analyse the information available, either on a national or international level.
As soon as a network operator/owner becomes aware of a major incident or attack, the Power Cut Risk Evaluation Cell (CERR) is alerted and then carries out an evaluation of the information available.
If the incident or attack is liable to cause a significant impact, the High Commissioner for National Protection is alerted and informs the Prime Minister and Minister of State who then decides whether to activate the Crisis Cell.
The Crisis Cell (Cellule de crise, CC) is activated by the Prime Minister and Minister of State in the event that a crisis is imminent or has occurred. It initiates, coordinates and monitors the execution of all the measures intended to deal with the crisis and its effects in order to return the situation to normal. It prepares the necessary decisions and submits them to the government for approval. In the event that operational intervention is required on the ground, the CC's mission extends to coordinating and monitoring its execution.
In an emergency, the Crisis Cell is composed of:
- the High Commissioner for National Protection;
- the Director-General of the Grand Ducal Police;
- the Director of the State Intelligence Service;
- the Chief of Staff of the armed forces;
- the Director of the Customs and Excise Agency;
- the Director of the Rescue Services Agency;
- the Director of the Office for crisis communication;
- the Government Commissioner for Energy;
- the Executive Director of Creos Luxembourg SA.
The Crisis Cell operates throughout the duration of the crisis until the situation returns to normal.
The Crisis Cell can appoint an operational cell to execute, implement and monitor the ordered measures and activities.
Power Cut Risk Evaluation cell (CERR)
The CERR's role in managing an energy-related crisis is to monitor the changing situation and inform the Crisis Cell. Made up of experts, the CERR evaluates the situation and increases surveillance before the Crisis Cell is activated.
Communication/Information Cell (CCI)
The CCI is in charge of communication and providing information for the media and citizens. The horizontal coordination of organising external communication falls to the Service for crisis communication.